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article imageEcuador's FM: The UK is committing grave error on Assange

By Anne Sewell     Aug 19, 2013 in World
Quito - Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, said on Monday that the UK, through its inaction, is making a serious mistake by keeping Julian Assange trapped in the country's embassy in London.
Patiño told local media in Quito, "We hope the British government, at some point, understands that what it is doing is wrong, that what it is doing is against international law."
The Foreign Minister was referring to the United Kingdom's refusal to grant safe passage for the WikiLeaks founder to leave Ecuador's embassy in London, where he took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on sexual assault charges which Assange denies.
The worry is that Sweden would then send Assange on to the US where he is wanted on espionage charges for the release of documents which both embarrassed and angered the US government.
In effect, Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 987 days and of this has spent 427 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy. Quito granted diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange last year, but he is unable to leave and travel to Ecuador.
"What you're doing (United Kingdom) is affecting the life of a human being who does not deserve to be held against their will in our embassy," said Patiño.
Patiño stated that Ecuador's government has sent the United Kingdom a 15-page document with sufficient legal basis to give safe passage to Assange to leave the embassy.
The Ecuadorian government states that it remains committed to seeking a final and just solution to the case of the diplomatic asylum of Assange.
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